Pregnancy is a beautiful, natural, and extraordinary phase of a woman’s life, however it can bring with it back pain, sore joints, pelvic pain, and leg cramps. According to a survey conducted by the American Pregnancy Association between 60-70% of pregnant women experience back pain at some stage during their pregnancy, especially in their second and third trimester which can even continue into the post-pregnancy period.
Since pregnant women have limited options in terms of medication including painkillers natural therapies can be a great alternative and there is a myriad of treatment options that can help ease the back pain or even relieve it completely. Pregnancy massage for back pain, in particular, can help soothe muscles and aching joints during and after pregnancy.
Causes of Back Pain during Pregnancy
Before we look for the treatment options, it is important to first understand what makes women suffer from back pain during the pregnancy, here are some common causes:
- Postural changes
- Hormonal changes
- Stress and Depression
- Weight gain
- Muscle separation
Pregnancy massage for back pain: Does it Work?
Pregnancy massage especially Swedish massage can support a pregnant women to remain active during or after pregnancy which is vital to maintain the body. In addition massage can relieve the back pain, help improve/maintain mood, better quality of sleep, reduce swelling in legs and hands, reduce edema, and relieve nerve pain.
Your pregnancy massage therapist may rely on the following massage techniques to relieve pain and alleviate depression and anxiety:
- Swedish Massage – the most common and the safest type of massage for pregnant women as it is done with soft to medium pressure using long strokes.
- Deep Tissue Massage – uses firm strokes to push deep into the muscles.
Depending on your physical condition, and you comfort level your massage therapist may use either one of the above-mentioned massage techniques.
Please consult your doctor before booking for pregnancy massage.
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